Why Cable TV Still Makes Sense

Today, you have a lot of different options when it comes to where to get your entertainment. However, even with all of the many choices available, many homes still opt for the classic choice: cable TV. A Nielson poll reveals that Americans spend more than 33 hours per week watching video.  Cable TV remains the easiest and simplest way to get access to the things you want to watch, not to mention the most reliable of your viewing options.

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The Main Reasons

Here are just a few of the many different reasons why cable TV makes a lot of sense:

  • Cable can be much more reliable than Satellite TV.  Bad weather is bad news for Satellite TV. As this eHow article on how to make Satellite TV work during bad weather shows, a bad satellite signal is a common problem that many people struggle with.  When the snow or rain is coming down and you are stuck in your home, that’s the last time that you want to be trapped with TV that does not work.   Not only that, but some of the biggest TV days of the year (like the Super Bowl) come during the winter at a time when many people throughout the country experience bad weather. You don’t want to miss out because you had a bad satellite signal and if you have cable, you won’t have to.
  • Cable is also more reliable than streaming. Some people opt for streaming services as an alternative to cable television.  Unfortunately, streaming is also not as reliable as cable TV. When you stream programming, you rely on the website to be up and functioning at all times.  You also need to have a solid Internet connection that has the bandwidth to accommodate the streaming. On evenings and weekends when there are a lot of people online, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may be unable to keep up with demand.    This could result in a picture on your screen that is jumpy, pixelated or skips. You might also experience interrupted viewing. It is not a lot of fun to try to watch a movie or a television show that doesn’t play clearly.
  • You can get good deals on cable TV.   Cable TV can be a more affordable solution than Satellite and even can be close in cost to having a few streaming services.  Cable TV is especially cost-effective if you bundle your cable service with your phone and your Internet. Since you need Internet to get a streaming service anyway, you may as well just opt to have cable on too.
  • You get a much better selection of programming with cable. Streaming services are limited in the content that they have available to them.  There are some movies and television shows that are not available on any type of streaming services as a result of contracts and limitations.   You could miss out on the hottest TV shows and not see the shows you love if you haven’t opted for cable television service.
  • Local programming and sports are shown on cable.  Local news and local weather information is really important for you to have.  Streaming and even most satellite services do not offer you the opportunity to have local television stations.  You don’t want to miss out on knowing what is going on in your community and only cable provides you with the opportunity to have local channels. Popular sporting events are also typically shown on local cable TV channels so you want to consider signing up for cable service to have access to the events that you are interested in.
  • Cable may be required for some streaming content.  More and more television stations require you to have a cable TV account in order to login and watch shows online. If you want to watch these shows on your phone or tablet device using the stations’ app, you will need to be signed up to cable so you can get the login that you require.

Cable TV can also be much easier for older people and for kids to use, rather than trying to figure out more complicated streaming solutions.  Cable has long been a favorite choice of viewers of both movies and TV shows and the reasons for cable’s popularity remain today even with the wealth of new alternatives available.

Benjamin Parker considers himself a “techie.” He loves all things internet, computer, and gadget. Not to mention TV… he really loves TV. And amongst all his hobbies, he manages to squeeze blogging.

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